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How to create a mood in public speaking
Forbes
A team of psychologists and phoneticists based in Germany has tested the effects that vowel sounds have on our moods. And it turns out that “I” sounds (“hi”) generate positive moods and “O” sounds (“oh-no”) generate negative ones. The implication is that you can create a positive mood by using a lot of the former sounds and a negative mood with a lot of the latter. But the researchers kept going, and the further results are a bit more complicated.
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10 secrets to selling from the stage
Speaker Magazine
Susan Nelson has had success, but definitely not luck in speaking and selling from the stage. Her closing ratios usually come in between 20-and-50 percent. She thinks the real strategy is making it look like luck, but being strategic without ever making it appear strategic. Be absolutely 100 percent authentic, she says, while learning the craft of speaking and studying that craft so you ultimately become a master of your content.
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Body language adjustments for better business meetings
Firmology
With more and more of our time spent online, there are hundreds of articles that will help you develop the perfect online presence. You can learn how to create an optimized social media profile, a blog post with the perfect headline and a website that will make you look like the pre-eminent expert in your field. For most of us, though, our digital activity eventually funnels us back into the “real-world.” So no matter how stunning your online presence, if you come across as an awkward, incompetent fool in a face-to face meeting, you aren’t going to get what you want in your professional life.
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4 quick tips to make presenting simple
By Catherine Iste
Are you ready for your TED talk? In the expert hands of John Bates of Executive Speaking Success, you could be. I had the pleasure of hearing Bates, who specializes in helping people convey their stories in a TED-ready format, speak at a recent Women in Technology International event. Bates was inspiring and provided a great deal of practical advice that could be applied to almost any speaking situation. Whether it is a formal talk, a business development meeting or a status update, try applying these four tips to your next presentation.
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How to rediscover your motivation
Fast Company
Companies spend a lot of time and money trying to motivate their employees. But when was the last time a mug with your company’s logo or a coffee shop gift card made you truly excited? Real motivation doesn’t come from external rewards — it comes from making some shifts in how you think about your situation, says San Diego, California-based personal empowerment expert Susan Fowler.
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What motivates today's employees? It isn't what most managers think
Financial Post
Motivating people to do their best work, consistently, has been an enduring challenge for executives and managers. Yet, managers cling to obsolete and counterproductive ideas about what motivates employees, ideas that actually harm productivity and employee well-being. Gallup estimates disengaged workers cost businesses $300-billion a year.
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How to make business travel a breeze
Business News Network
Business travel – some love it, some hate it. Either way, it is a necessary requirement for many jobs. In this article are seven guaranteed rules that will make your business trips more productive, pleasurable and profitable.

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Don't be discouraged: Overcome your doubts
By Greg Witz
Growing up, millennials were told repeatedly that if they got a college degree, they would get a job. This in turn would lead to buying a house and starting a family. Unfortunately, this has not been the case.

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Several excellent ways to start a presentation
Business Insider
When we speak, we have about 60 seconds to capture our audience’s attention, establish credibility, orient them to our topic and motivate them to listen, says Darlene Price, president of Well Said, Inc.

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Tracking down a great speaker for your next event
Tech Cocktail
There are many key elements to a successful business conference. The venue, the food and the purpose of the conference are all important. But there is one part of a conference that can create more buzz and can be more important than all the other things: the choice of a guest speaker. A great guest speaker can help in many ways before, during and after the conference.
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How does memory formation in the brain affect public speaking?
Forbes
Speakers need to understand how the brain works because, well, because they’re always talking to brains in the audiences they encounter. At least, that’s the hope. Some recent studies shed light on an essential part of the way the brain works. The findings have two implications for speakers — one for themselves, and one for their audiences.
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A major revolution in the book industry is letting novelists make a living
Business Insider
Authors are increasingly able to make a better living for themselves by ditching big-name publishers and selling their books themselves through Amazon. Self-publishing used to be associated with failure. But that stigma is going away as many authors say they're making more money through self-publishing than their counterparts doing it the traditionally more accepted way, according to NPR.
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Global business travel spending to reach record in 2014
Reuters
Global business travel spending will reach a record $1.18 trillion this year, up nearly 7 percent from 2013, bolstered by growth in China, a U.S. trade group said. The Global Business Travel Association said it expects China, where business travel spending grew to $225 billion in 2013 from $32 billion in 2000, will top the U.S., which is currently the world's top individual market for business travel, by 2016.
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Science-backed methods for more productive meetings
Fast Company
If you have ever wanted to pop an escape hatch or teleport to distant worlds just to get out of a meeting, take heart. There are ways to hold a better meeting. Forward-thinking companies have found creative ways to get their teams together, and their lessons and structure can be easily duplicated in meetings anywhere. These creative methods aren’t just clever for cleverness’s sake: most of them are science-backed and all of them are grounded in successful experience.
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